General Motors is poised to hire 8,000 new tech employees this year as it continues to shift its focus toward battery-electric vehicles and software.
In a statement sent to various media outlets this week, GM’s Innovation Accelerator director, Jessika Lora, said the impending tech hires are indicative of GM’s ambition to deliver more innovative, technologically advanced products.
“Our commitment to hiring 8,000 tech employees in 2022 is an exciting sign of GM’s momentum, our quest to innovate technology with impact, and our focus on helping people find their purpose in the workplace,” Lora said.
Some of these hires will work for GM directly, while others will be funneled into GM Defense, the automaker’s wholly-owned military vehicle subsidiary. Speaking to The Detroit Free Press, GM spokeswoman Arianna Kughn said the “responsibilities for all 8,000 jobs are not yet determined.” That said, all of these new tech hires will be encouraged to follow the automaker’s ‘Work Appropriately’ guideline introduced last year, which allows employees to work from home most days, but go into the office when they feel like it or when doing work that requires a physical presence.
GM is currently transitioning into a more tech-focused company, implementing plans to offer software subscriptions services for both vehicles and consumers’ homes. The automaker will also need more tech talent to help drive its battery-electric vehicle transition, which will see it introduce 30 new EVs by mid-decade and completely eliminate emissions-producing passenger vehicles by 2035. Other GM projects that may demand more tech talent include its Ultifi charging software system, OnStar, Ultra Cruise and Cruise autonomous vehicle subsidiary.
The automaker’s new BrightDrop sub-brand, which is focused on eco-friendly delivery solutions for logistics companies like FedEx, will also likely benefit from this upcoming wave of tech hires. In addition to electric vans like the BrightDrop EV410 and EV600, the brand will offer fleet management software for BrightDrop vehicles and other BrightDrop products as well.
In a recent interview with the Free Press, GM’s director of software program and solution management, Gary Cygan, said the automotive software sector has been somewhat neglected in recent years and thus is ripe for improvement.
“Automotive is the next frontier of massive disruption from a software perspective,” Cygan said.